Energy reform brings Mayer Brown to Mexico

The US law firm opened a new office in Mexico City, ‘the culmination of a firm-wide effort’ that started in 2013.

Having built a strong track record of advising clients on oil, gas and power transactions in Mexico, the US-based global law firm Mayer Brown is opening its first office in the country to serve clients that are operating and investing in Mexico’s energy sector.

“The opening of this office is the culmination of a firm-wide effort which began in 2013, when Mayer Brown anticipated the huge potential of Mexico in light of the likely opening of the hydrocarbons sector for the first time since 1938 and reform of the power sector,” said Dallas Parker, leader of Mayer Brown’s Mexico Energy Reform initiative, in a statement.

“Supported by a fully bilingual and bicultural team of lawyers, Mayer Brown’s Mexico City office will be an important base for the energy experience that has developed at the firm over decades,” he added.

A full-service international law firm, Mayer Brown’s Mexico City branch will focus on energy transactions, particularly advising energy services companies who are seeking guidance on how to invest in Mexico, a spokesperson for the law firm told Infrastructure Investor.

The office will be co-led by Parker and energy partner Francisco Mendez, a Mexico City native, who has extensive experience across the energy sector and across Latin America having spent nearly 20 years at ExxonMobil as in-house counsel for the region. 

Mendez will advise clients out of the firm’s Mexico City and Houston offices, while energy partners Alexandre Chequer, Jose Valera, Pablo Ferrante and associate Gabriel Salinas will support the firm’s clients in Mexico from other firm offices.